Archive for April 22nd, 2009

source: BOPA
21 April, 2009

GUMARE – President Lt Gen. Seretse Khama Ian Khama visited flood victims at Xakao and Eretsha rescue camps in Okavango Sub-District, over the weekend, to assure them of the unwavering government support.

President Khama said his short visit was to show residents that they were not alone in the situation where floods left them homeless adding that government would do everything possible to ensure that they get assistance.

The President also informed residents that the floods have also affected the Chobe District and ravaged Namibia and Zambia.

He promised that once the situation had normalised, residents would be able to resume their normal lives.

At Xakao, the flood victims complained that they were only given vegetables and powdered soup and [continue reading]

source: BOPA
21 April, 2009

MOCHUDI – The anticipated takeover of brigades by the government billed for April 1 has not happened due to certain hiccups, Mr Opelo Makhandlela deputy permanent secretary in the Ministry of Education and Skills Development has said.

Speaking to Kgatleng District Development Committee (DDC), he said the takeover that should have taken place during this financial year has not happened as yet due to a number of issues that are still being considered.

Mr Makhandlela revealed that some brigades are in the worst of debts while some boards of brigades are still holding on to them.

Government is expected to takeover 41 brigades and create 25 technical colleges from them.

He said the remaining brigades will be used as satellite technical colleges for the main ones, adding that [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
Mariam Isa
21 April 2009

Johannesburg — SA’s leading indicator of economic growth, which predicts trends six to 12 months in advance, rose in February for the first time in a year, suggesting the recession may be less severe than feared.

The Reserve Bank’s composite leading business cycle indicator — compiled from data from surveys, share prices and SA’s main trading partners — rose to 106,6 in February from 105,9 in January, official figures showed yesterday.

This was the first time the indicator, which accurately predicted the current economic downturn, had risen since February last year. It has steadily descended from a peak of 127,2 in March 2007.

“It’s too early to say if this is a turning point. But it’s good news that the leading indicator has increased,” the Bank’s economist, Iaan Venter, told Business Day

The economy shrank 1,8% in the fourth quarter of [continue reading]

source: IOL
April 21 2009

There will be zero tolerance towards unruly behaviour at voting stations in Wednesday’s election, police said on Tuesday.

Captain Dennis Adriao said on Tuesday that the voting public should expect a heavy police presence at all polls around the country.

“Police won’t tolerate behaviour that is unruly, we have enough manpower and resources to apprehend anyone who does behave in this manner,” he said.

Security forces were deployed to voting stations at the weekend.

“We have increased deployment to all hot spots, such as Nongoma in KwaZulu-Natal. We will not be taking any chances.”

He said the public should also be aware that [continue reading]

source: BOPA
21 April, 2009

LOBATSE – Barolong Member of Parliament, Mr Kitso Mokaila says more efforts are still needed to reduce Botswana’s dependence on other countries for basic commodities that could be produced locally.

Addressing kgotla meetings at Tlhareseleele and Dinatshana last week, Mr Mokaila said despite having achieved a lot in terms of development, the country still has a long way to go in reducing its dependency for essential products.

“There is need to change direction and focus on things that can benefit Batswana and reduce dependency,” he said.

He said the projects that the government had given focus to, among them the expansion of Morupule Coal Station, construction of new dams and the ISPAAD programme were all aimed at making the country self sufficient.

He observed that the expansion of the long awaited Morupule B Power Station was a step in the right direction towards reducing dependence on imported power supply.
Mr Mokaila who is also the Minister for Environment, Wildlife and Tourism said once [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
21 April 2009

Johannesburg — South Africa’s fourth democratic election is expected to witness a record voter turnout and the return of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) party to power.

Opposition parties concede that they will remain in opposition after the 22 April poll, but have made much of their running on preventing the ANC and its president, Jacob Zuma, from achieving the two-thirds majority that would allow changes to the country’s constitution. Recent polls indicate that a two-thirds majority for the ANC is too close to call.

The Independent Electoral Commission expects that 80 percent of the more than 23 million registered voters will cast their ballots, many of them young, first-time voters.

Zuma is expected to become post-apartheid South Africa’s fourth president, but the scandals that have coalesced around him – he was acquitted of rape in 2006, and a plethora of corruption and [continue reading]

source: BOPA
21 April, 2009

SEROWE – The Ipelegeng Development Trust project intended to produce bio- diesel from sunflower, is still at its initial stage.

So far cluster fields in Mmabogopa, Tshimoyapula, Mabeleapudi and Topisi, among other places, have been identified for the project.

The project, which is pioneered by a South African company, Continental AID, is expected to take off during the the year.

The trust coordinator, Ms Tiny Ndlovu said in an interview that the groundbreaking ceremony for the project took place in 2008 where Kabelano Trust donated over P265 000 worth of equipment.

Ms Ndlovu said four people have been identified for training on [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
Bathandwa Mbola
21 April 2009

Pretoria — Zimbabwe’s Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai is to lead a team of ministers on an international tour to lure Western countries to urgently invest in Zimbabwe.

Foreign Affairs Director General Ayanda Ntsaluba said on Tuesday the decision was taken that Mr Tsvangirai, together with a team of ministers, will go to the major Western nations to see if they can partner in assisting Zimbabwe.

“The tour basically will be aimed at enticing investment,” he said.

Zimbabwe’s government, which is made up of President Robert Mugabe’s ZANU-PF party and Mr Tsvangirai’s Movement for Democratic Change, is seeking $8.5 billion from international donors for its short-term emergency recovery program.

However, international donors have said they will only dispense aid once [continue reading]

source: BOPA
21 April, 2009

MAUN – The Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) Relief Fund will account for the payment of more than P10 million to 560 farmers in Ngamiland who did not get their payment during the first phase of the payment schedule.

The FMD fund was suspended three months after its inception as the government wanted to assess its sustainability. This came about after allegations that some farmers were misusing and abusing the scheme.

The FMD Fund Manager, Mr Mokalake Nkwe said in an interview recently that P10.

4 million has been commissioned to pay the outstanding farmers.

The individual farmers’ cheques will be issued at the Letsholathebe Primary School to avoid congestion at the National Development Bank offices situated at the old mall in Maun.

“We hope to help a large number of the farmers within three days and [continue reading]